Last weekend’s Caloundra Cup winner Brayroan has been nominated to possibly back-up seven days later in the Queensland Cup 2014 at Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane this Saturday.
The veteran Zabeel seven-year-old, locally trained by jockey Chris Munce’s father-in-law Barry Mitchell, is one 18 stayers making up the nominations for this year’s $150,000 Listed Queensland Cup (3200m).
One of the few traditional Cup races still run over the same two miles as the iconic Melbourne Cup, the Queensland Cup is shaping up as another exciting affair.
Brayroan scored an upset at the Sunshine Coast with their Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) victory over Brave Ali, and could now shoot for a Queensland Winter Racing Carnival cup double.
He believed Brayroan should have no trouble backing up after yesterday’s stunning performance.
“That was probably his main goal anyway, the Queensland Cup, and this was obviously along the way,” Munce told the Sunshine Coast Daily after riding Brayroan to victory in the Caloundra Cup.
“But he’s obviously got to come through this okay too.
“He’s pretty fit so I can’t think of any reason why he wouldn’t.”
The two other Caloundra Cup runners nominated for the Queensland Cup and the short turnaround are then the Ciaron Maher-trained Mr O’Ceirin and Clonmacnoise who were both well beaten finishing ninth and 11th (last) respectively.
Both though could be given the chance to atone, especially Victorian visitor Mr O’Ceirin who was beaten 14 lengths failing to carry the 59kg top weight at the Sunshine Coast.
The top-rated of the Queensland Cup entries meanwhile is the Shaune Ritchie-trained Kiwi galloper Military Move.
They won the Toowoomba Cup (2150m) two back before finishing second last in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 21 when 11th behind The Inventor, albeit beaten only 4 lengths and carrying 58kg compared to the winners’ 54kg.
Tattersall’s Cup winner The Inventor meanwhile is also a Queensland Cup possible, the Danasinga five-year-old prepared in Jacobs Well by Bevan Laming.
They’ve won three of their past four starts improving each time they get more ground with Saturday the real distance test for the Group 3 winner.
One horse sure to start near the top of the markets if accepted meanwhile is Sam Kavanagh’s Rosehill-based Galileo five-year-old Astro Avalanche.
The import is proven over the distance having finished half a length away second behind Destiny’s Kiss in the Stayers Cup (3200m) at Randwick on June 7 in the mud, an effort they’ll be out to repeat or go one better than over the same metres in Queensland.
Another Stayers Cup graduate among the possible runners for Saturday is Tony Newing’s Whipper seven-year-old Wazn formerly prepared by Chris Waller who ran a distant fourth beaten nearly 10 lengths in the mud.
Other notable nominees including Husson three-year-old Pop ‘N’ Scotch who ran in this year’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (10th) before a 2200m win at the Gold Coast on June 22 and Ben Currie’s in-form Toowoomba four-year-old Unspoken up in class here after running to three in their five most recent runs.
Check out the complete Queensland Cup 2014 nominations below, the final field out on Wednesday.
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2014 Queensland Cup Nominations
Eagle Farm Racecourse – 05/07/2014
|1||ASTRO AVALANCHE (GB)||Sam Kavanagh||–|
|2||BACK TO ABILENE||Robert Lyford||65|
|3||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Barry A Mitchell||–|
|4||CLONMACNOISE (NZ)||Alan L Jones||75|
|5||DODGING EDDIE||Michael Nolan||79|
|6||DUELLING GODDESS (NZ)||Dean S Smith||–|
|7||EIGHT’S A PARTY||Darren Bell||–|
|8||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||84|
|9||MAJOR MAJOR||Bryce Heys||–|
|10||MILITARY MOVE (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||101|
|11||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||–|
|12||PLATINUM JACK||Scott Singleton||–|
|13||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||John P Thompson||67|
|15||ROCK THE PAC||Lindsay Gough||63|
|16||THE INVENTOR||Bevan Laming||–|
|18||WAZN (IRE)||Tony Newing||–|